Academics Work to Help Stressed Out Cats

February 06, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

The cat’s health problems are plenty. One such is the bladed problem. The doctors at the university hospital for small animals studied about the bladder problems in cat. They compared the life style of the cats that have bladder problem without any apparent cause with the life style of the normal cats. The finding of that study is that the cats with bladdere problems are more anxious and are very much stressed compared to the cats that are free from bladder problems.

According to Dr. Danielle Gunn Moore [senior lecturer in feline medicine –university of Edinburgh royal school of veterinary studies], the lower urinary tract disease in feline is a group of diseases of the bladder. This condition most commonly noticed in middle aged, over weight pedigree male cats that are in to very little exercise. These cats use the indoor litter box only and they do not get out frequently and are on dry food most of the time.

Bladed problems in cats are very frustrating for the vets and the cat owners as there won’t be any apparent reason and this condition is categorized as feline idiopathic cystitis. Earlier, the doctors used to think that the feline idiopathic cystitis was triggered by stress factor. Those doctors were even studying the environment and the temperament of the cats in order to find the preventive way.

Yet another study was conducted more recently. In that, thirty one cats with feline idiopathic cystitis were compared with twenty four cats that did not have cystitis but were living in the same house. Those thirty one cats were also compared with 125 healthy cats that were kept as control group.

As per dr gunn-morre, many cat owners reported that the stress caused by the sight of a stranger in house is more common. But this stress is short-term stress. the stress caused by the constant fight with the other cat that is housed along with it is the more trouble some as it is long term stress. The conclusion is that the stress factor is the most important triggering factor for feline idiopathic cystitis. More studies should be carried out to find out the ways and means to over come the stress factor.

As per dr.gunn-moore the cats with feline lower urinary tract disease or feline idiopathic cystitis should be fed with wet food as much as possible and the cats should be provided plenty of water. We can add tuna flavoured ice cubes to encourage fluid intake.

Understanding Cat Breeds

April 12, 2009 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Breeds

Cat breeding have been performed by themselves for the last thousands of years. Our ancestors used the cat breeds for only one purpose- killing and hunting rodents. Now days we began to breed cats according to our desire. At present, there are numerous breeds of cats – which you can assess if you have taken a close look.   

In the cat registries there are 70 distinct cat breeds. But some of the cat registries register only 40 breeds or so, as they didn’t include the more wild breeds such as tigers. 

Some cat breeds have a deep history. Say, Japanese Bobtail, a Japanese breed is having a good old history of 1000 years. These cats were very well known and common throughout Medieval Japan. 

The common cat breeds, which are abundant in North America, include the Persian cat, longhaired cat and alley cat. Although Siamese cats are known for their foul temper and destructive behavior, it is having their own pet owners through out this world. 

If you want a loving companion, then you can prefer to rear Persian cats. Persian cats are really popular cat breed among the pet owners although it is more expensive. The cost of a Persian kitten depends on the factors- what type of Persian cat it is and where you get it. 

In North America, the next best cat breed is Alley cats. Although there are several different breeds of alley cats, most of us call to them as alley cats. This cat is really a GOOD pet. As we know cats are prolific breeders, the Alley cats outnumbered any other breeds in North America, as there are hundreds of them in the streets of North America. 

You can easily find out the breed of the cat by means of its appearance. Some people classify the cat breeds on color. But identifying a cat based on the color is not an easy task except Siamese cat. Most of the Siamese cats are almost black. You can easily identify a Persian cat by their hair and body type. 

Do you know cats were the first pets of the human race? Although there are different breeds of cats are in existence, only few breeds got good patronage among the cat owners. No matter what breed you’re having – you’re sure to have a pet that brings a great joy for years and years to come.

How To Stop Cat Spraying?

April 08, 2009 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior
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You will be in real problem once your cat starts to release urine on the door or other objects in your home. This is called spraying. This problem is mostly noticed among the cats kept indoors. Do you know there is perfect solution for this annoying problem? 

Most of the cat owners think that spraying is a behavioral problem. No… This is a natural phenomenon of a cat family. They do so because they mark their territory. Cat urine is highly enriched with phermones. Phermones are being used for communicating between cats. These are much like fingerprints with humans, which help to identify the presence of cat family in an area. 

As we discussed already, spraying urine is marking his territory. If you become angry and getting mad on your cat will not help you to solve this problem. Instead, the cat may spray more urine in more places.
 

The cats will spray urine when they are in heat (ready for mating). In this time, the spraying is considered as an invite for love. You should also know that the cats not only spray during the heat, but also spray when they feel stress and during encounters with other cats. 

Even though the spraying is a means of communication of cats, the smell of urine is really unbearable. In general most of the house cats will do their majority of their spraying outdoors. But in case of indoors cats, which never have an opportunity to expose outdoor will have this problem. Once you have smelled the urine in your home, this is the high time to take action against this problem. 

How To Stop Cat Spraying? 

The easiest and effective way to stop spraying is neutering or spaying your cat immediately. There is evidence that the male cat neutered stopped spraying the same day they have the surgery. If you want to breed your cat, then this method of controlling spraying is not advisable. 

The other best option is have a talk with your vet because this condition may be due to medical problem also! Your vet will be able to provide you valuable advice to stop spraying. Nowadays there are many modern types of equipment to prevent cat spraying. Browse the net to find recent equipment that helps you to find perfect solution for this problem. In nutshell, you should do something about spraying once you have noticed this condition- simply because the urine of cat not only leave stains all over your home but also stinks.